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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

McLoughlin wins NE Senior Amateur

Shawn McLoughlin of Newtown shot a final-round 72 to win the 16th New England Senior Amateur Championship by 1 shot Wednesday at Portland Country Club in Falmouth, Maine.

McLaughlin, a member at Ridgewood CC, finished with a two-round total of 5-over-par 145. Bill Hermanson (Black Hall Club) and Robert Currey (Massachusetts) both shot 146. First-round leader Bill Torza (Timberlin GC) skied to an 80 and tied for 11th (150).

Gene Cufone of Alling Memorial GC in New Haven tied for 16th place with a 12-over 152.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Travelers gets extension

The Travelers has  received an extension of their deadline from the PGA Tour in order to get an extension to remain as title sponsor for the Travelers Championship.

 Andy Bessette, the executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Travelers, confirmed it on Monday and talked more about why it happened. He hopes to come to an agreement by year's end, likely sooner than that.

Is there reason to be alarmed? Probably not. If Travelers was not interested in remaining as title sponsor to the Travelers Championship, then why extend the inevitable? Travelers loves its association with the tournament and the PGA Tour. And the tour likes what Travelers has done since taking over in 2007.

So we are not headed down that road like a decade ago, when Canon severed ties with the tournament and then Buick took over and the tournament ended up at the end of August. That is a distant memory.

Travelers will likely extend between 2-4 years beyond 2014.

But until there is an agreement between Travelers and the PGA Tour, a little bit of uncertainty will remain.

For now, Ken Duke (pictured above) will  defend his first PGA Tour win June 19-22 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

NE Senior Amateur

Gene Cufone from Alling Memorial GC in New Haven is among the state players competing in the 16th New England Senior Amateur Championship beginninjg Tuesday,

Cufone, Dave Szewczul (Tunxis Plantation CC), Bill Hermanson (Black Hall Club), James Curtis (Clinton CC) and former New Haven CC member Bill Hadden III (now in Vermont) will take on the Portland CC course in Falmouth. Maine. It is a 36-hole event ending Wednesday.